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Christchurch and Canterbury Cruise Ship Scenic Flights

A helicopter flight from Akaroa to Christchurch takes just 15 minutes. This saves you over two and half hours travel time and more importantly leaves more time to take advantage of all that Christchurch and Canterbury has to offer, not to mention the flight itself which is an incredible scenic experience not to be missed. We have customised selected trips especially for cruise ships shore excursions arriving into Akaroa Harbour.
All flights are subject to our Terms and Conditions. Please click here for details.

Please call us for further enquiries.


Akaroa Harbour

A shuttle will take you from Akaroa to our helicopter pad - about a 5 minute ride. Look down on your cruise ship as you fly from Akaroa township over the rugged Banks Peninsula coastline towards the harbour entrance. Experience the magnificent cliffs, dramatic bays, rolling countryside and the most amazing scenery this now extinct volcanic peninsula has to offer.

  Akaroa Harbour

Akaroa to Christchurch return

If you are looking to maximize your time in Christchurch for the day a 15 minute helicopter flight is the only way to go. Not only will you have more time to enjoy the city sights on the ground but you will also get a chance to see the fascinating views of Christchurch from above and see how the earthquake rebuild is changing the shape of the city. Our price also includes all shuttle transfers from the wharf to the helicopter pad in Akaroa and transport to and from our airport base to the Christchurch City centre.

  Akaroa to Christchurch

Akaroa Cruise Ship Heli Golf

18 holes par 72
Includes electric golf cart, range balls, Footjoy hire shoes, Premium hire clubs.

Includes return transfers from Akaroa to the CLEARWATER GOLF COURSE

  Clearwater golf course

Banks Peninsula & Christchurch City

Our shuttle will take you to the helicopter pad - about a 5 minute drive from Akaroa wharf. This flight takes in the magnificent sights of Akaroa Harbour and Banks Peninsula. You will then fly over Christchurch City to view the rapidly changing landscape as it recovers from the devastating earthquakes of 2010/11. Your pilot will inform and entertain you, pointing out the interesting facts and historical features of the city. Your 30 minute flights ends back in Akaroa. Make sure to take your camera for some of the most dramatic shots you will take while in New Zealand.

30 minute flight

  Christchurch City

Scenic flight and Heli-jet boat adventure

Fly from Akaroa to the base of JET THRILLS on the Waimakariri River (a 20 minute flight) for a thrilling 30 minutes of thrilling jet-boating on one of New Zealand’s most challenging and exciting rivers. The skilled drivers are highly experienced and purpose-built boats are carefully maintained. Fly back to Akaroa taking in the sights of Christchurch City and the rugged stunning beauty of Banks Peninsula.

  Jet Thrills on the Waimakariri River

Akaroa to Aoraki Mount Cook & Lord of the Rings country

From your cruise ship there is really only one way you will get to see Aoraki Mount Cook in one day and that is by helicopter. Fly from Akaroa over Christchurch City and journey on over the Canterbury Plains towards Lord of the Rings country. Take in the views of high alpine glaciers and the Southern Alps. We will land on the snow in the Lieberg Dome before continuing on to the HERMITAGE HOTEL for lunch and a visit to the SIR EDMUND HILLARY CENTRE. We return to Akaroa via the Hydro schemes of Tekapo and once again the flat Canterbury Plains and farmlands.

Allow 2.5 hours flying time plus time for lunch

  Aoraki Mt Cook & Lord of the Rings country


Please note, while we have customised specific trips to suit our cruise ship visitors, you are not limited to the above tours. There are many other helicopter excursions we offer from our base at the Christchurch Airport. Call us if you would like to know more about these trips or if you have your own ideas.


Cruise Ship helicopter excursions are also available from some of our other regional bases. Please contact your local operations base for details  CLICK HERE




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